Design

  • Best Practice: 10 Small Businesses with Powerful Brand Designs

    As a small business, it can be difficult to devote the amount of funds needed to hire a designer who can create a stand out brand for your business. Yet, having a powerful and impressive brand look is arguably THE most important element of a small business, next to customer service and smooth operations, that is. When most small businesses use unoriginal fonts, a boring logo, unimpressive color scheme, a common WordPress website layout, and stock images, the one small business that chooses the unique route is that one that will get noticed, and more importantly, be remembered long after the initial encounter.



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  • Virtual Plastic Surgery: 40 Photoshop Beauty Retouch Tutorials for That Perfect Look

    Retouching pictures of human beings is one of the most common tasks in image editing. Beauty needs to be perfect these days. We don’t want to see how people actually look, but how we imagine them to look. Only superlatives suffice. If you like that or not, chances are if you are part of our industry, you’ll have to deal with these tasks more often than not. The variety is wide – from removing pimples, whitening teeth and establishing a noble paleness to butt reductions and breast enlargements. Create your own beau ideal. If you want or need or have to get skilled in virtual plastic surgery, these 40 tutorials will do the job. You’ll have to bring Photoshop, though.



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  • Work 3.0: Will Ziptask Disrupt the Outsourcing Market?

    The international outsourcing market is giant-sized, hundreds of billions of dollars strong. A numerous amount of web platforms aims to monetize that market. 99designs is one example, oDesk and Elance are others. You have probably tried to find work through one of these platforms yourself and I bet the experience was not exactly a walk in the park. Now look through the lense of a company that wants to hire four or five qualified freelance developers this way. Their problems are even bigger. Ziptask promises to care for both sides of the table. With their man-in-the-middle approach, getting project work and getting projects done grows much more likely and far more effective than any other method I know.



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  • Ten Golden Rules for Choosing the Right Website Images

    Images are the single most critical design element designers implement on their website. Yes, even in a world of web design that swears by design minimalism and flat web design, images still play a very important role in determining the success or failure of a site. To put it simply, you cannot afford to go wrong with them.  A perfect image selection strategy can help you differentiate your website from its competition.



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  • Time to Give Your Website Some Spring Cleaning – 7 Reasons for That Redesign

    Take a very close look at your website. Is it delivering the results you are looking for? Are the conversion highs your website experienced in the recent past being replaced by terrible lows? Is your website experiencing a downturn in traffic? If the answer to these questions is a resounding yes, you have an ailing website on your hands. You’ll need to arrest the creeping malaise affecting your site by cleaning it of all the driftwood. Read on…



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  • Is your Responsive Design Mobile Website Delivering Acceptable Load Times?

    Google wants your mobile pages to load under a second! Yes, that’s how fast the load time of your website must be, irrespective of the fact whether it is a dedicated mobile site, responsively designed website or it isn’t optimized for mobile at all. So one thing is certain – it’s not enough to have a website with responsive website design that renders effectively on desktops, as well as, the smartphones and tablets of your target users. You must make sure that the site is fast and loads on their mobile web browsers in the blink of an eye. Google considers page load speed as an ideal marker for judging the user experience of a site. If your site has an acceptable load time, it is delivering the ideal user experience, which is taken into consideration when Google ranks your site.



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  • Getting Started with Sketch App: 30 Free Templates and Resources

    Whether you are simply obsessed with building user interface designs or standalone widgets or if you love creating icons packs, prototyping website layout templates and constructing various mockups, chances are you have already heard about Sketch App. Being created by Bohemian Coding, this lightweight, yet powerful software for Mac OS X has since its inception been considered as a rival to bigger opponents such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Don’t be too surprised about that. This app is directly targeted at designers solely. Consequently it only offers instruments and plugins needed by this specific target group. Put that way, it is not really smaller in features than the mentioned competitors, it is only much more focused with everything on board any web designer might need.



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  • Color Theory and Typography: The 10 Commandments (Infographics)

    Life as a designer is far from simple. Although the word "designer" in itself is fairly short and people do have a decent assumption of what such a designer actually does, reality is much more complex. I know we all got cupboards full of literature and other than others we don’t just need to learn in perpetuity, but indeed permanently, continuously. Thus, it is much appreciated to be served small pieces of information in a visual and comprehensive way, without the need for digging up that 1,000 pager again. The following two tables of 10 commandments (each) by DesignMantic are of this kind. I actually printed them out and put them under my desk pad…



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  • 26 Free Resume Templates to Give You That Career Boost

    A well presented Curriculum Vitae is a piece of personal marketing and self-branding. In its best form it sheds a bright light upon you and helps you win the sympathies of your potential employer or important client. Remember, at first they don’t see you nor talk to you. It all starts with the good old resume. In standard situations, employers still prefer the traditional paper kind. But even when your potential employer is more modern, sticking to the known rules of old is not an error. That’s what we want to assist you with today…



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  • Responsive Images: Finally The Picture Element Arrives!

    This has taken quite a while. There was a lot of discussion, but now reality has it. The picture element as propagated by the W3C has finally arrived. If you are into the matter, you might know that the WhatWG had tried to standardize an additional attribute to the image element, named srcset as opposed to picture. Whoever believed in what WhatWG said, as they stated they’d stand for the "living standard" while W3C would be more an administrator of a static snapshot, got it wrong. W3C is alive and kicking.



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